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Play With Your Food! 60 Fun Ways to Feed Your Kids

Jul 4 2016 - 10:22pm

If it gets your kids to sit down for a healthy meal, we're all in favor of playing with your food! We've rounded up 60 ways to make eating enjoyable, even for the pickiest little palates. From breakfast to dinner, and everything in between, check out these great ways to make food fun!

Flowerpot Pancakes

Celebrate Spring with a flowerpot full of pancakes.

Source: Jim's Pancakes [1]

Banana Dogs

There's more than one way to use a hot dog bun! Turn the ordinary bun into something fruity with this quick and easy banana dog recipe [2]!

Source: SpongeBob's Kitchen Mission Cookbook [3]

Sail Away With Me

The wonderfully creative Ida Frosk thought of every last detail with this sailboat mural — check out the red-pepper seagulls!

Source: Instagram user idafrosk [4]

The Loch Ness Bagel Monster

Set snack time into motion with this clever take on the Loch Ness Monster [5].

Source: Funky Lunch [6]

Heart-Shaped Kebabs

Pull out the heart-shaped cookie cutter, and get to work on thick slices of cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon for these healthy and fun kebabs.

Source: Martha Stewart [7]

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Inspired by the family-favorite book [8], this Very Hungry Caterpillar [9] is as much fun to make as he is to eat!

Source: Family Fun [10]

Happy Birthday to You!

A cake-shaped cookie cutter makes it easy to whip up a birthday lunch surprise.

Source: Meet the Dubiens [11]

Birds of a Feather

Spaghetti and meatballs [12] take a turn for the cute when they're arranged in a cozy nest!

Source: Crafty Moods [13]

An Octopus's Garden

This easy-to-make octopus [14] is the perfect healthy after-school snack.

Source: Family Fun [15]

Golden Gate Bridge Pancakes

Travel to San Francisco before 9 a.m. with pancakes in the shape of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Source: Jim's Pancakes [16]

Ladybug Bento Box

Imagine their delight when they discover that their lunch bag has a ladybug's garden of rice and veggies inside!

Source: Flickr user gamene [17]

My, What Big Teeth You Have!

A fabulously detailed Little Red Riding Hood-inspired Big Bad Wolf!

Source: Instagram user idafrosk [18]

Love Your Breakfast

Get comfortable with your pancake batter, and shape it into a heart — either freeform like Martha Stewart here [19] or using a cookie cutter as a mold.

Source: Lisa Hubbard for Martha Stewart Living [20]

Cucumber-Radish Race Car

A cucumber with wheels [21]?! All it takes is a few minutes to assemble this vitamin-packed race car.

Source: Family Fun [22]

Sponge Bob Tiki Head Crepes

Turn the ordinary crepe into something a bit more kid-friendly with a little decorating. After Mama makes the filling, tots can add on some zucchini, tomatoes, and almonds to create Tiki Head Crepes [23].

Source: SpongeBob's Kitchen Mission Cookbook [24]

Princess Pancakes

Show her you think she's special with a pancake fit for a princess.

Source: Jim's Pancakes [25]

It's a (Veggie) Jungle Out There!

Embark on a vegetarian safari [26] with grains, fruit, and veggies.

Photo: Michelle Bell

Bacon 'n' Eggs Pancakes

From one breakfast favorite to another . . .

Source: Jim's Pancakes [27]

Monkeyin' Around

A few strategic turns of a knife turn a basic sandwich into the cutest monkey face [28]!

Source: Funky Lunch [29]

A Sandwich Sub

Turning a standard sandwich into a submarine makes lunchtime fun for your little underwater explorer.

Source: Cute Food For Kids [30]

Chicken Bento Box

An artful arrangement makes chicken tenders look a lot more special.

Source: Flickr user gamene [31]

Rice 'n' Beans Zebra

Kiddos love grazing on this zebra dish [32] of rice, beans, and fruit.

Photo: Michelle Bell

French Toast Nutella and Strawberry Hearts

Send 'em off to school with a smile on their faces thanks to Grilled Cheese Social's delectable french toast hearts [33] layered with Nutella, strawberries, and a smear of mascarpone cheese. Yum!

Source: Grilled Cheese Social [34]

Choo Choo

All aboard the grilled cheese and veggies train [35]! Cut the fat by using a spritz of olive oil cooking spray and a panini maker instead of butter.

Photo: Michelle Bell

Heart-Shaped Egg Rings

Creating heart-shaped eggs is easy with Heart Pancake or Egg Rings [36] ($9).

Pigs in a Blanket — Two Ways

Peter Callahan's fun twist on pigs in a blanket [37] offers tots and grown-ups their own versions of the popular party dish.

Photo: Rebecca Gruber

An Edible Rainbow

Take a few healthy items from the fridge, dice them up, and you've got a well-balanced meal [38] of fruits, vegetables, and eggs in no time!

Photo: Michelle Bell

Salmon Love

Salmon, steamed rice, and a side of peas [39] are sure to please. Make it even more nutritious by using brown rice.

Photo: Michelle Bell

Stop Monkeying Around!

It's a jungle out there . . . Rise to the occasion with a monkey-themed bento box.

Source: Bentoriffic [40]

Pancake Pac-Man

What a fun, fun way to start the day! Pancake Pac-Man with dried blueberry eyes.

Source: Instagram user idafrosk [41]

Dinosaur Pancakes

A dino friend who looks almost too cute to eat!

Source: Jim's Pancakes [42]

Frog Legs For Breakfast?

He just may be a Prince Charming in disguise . . . This little froggy comes complete with a crown!

Source: Instagram user idafrosk [43]

May the Force Be With You!

What better way to show your Star Wars pride than with an avocado-covered Yoda?

Source: Instagram user idafrosk [44]

Anna Banana Pancake

Start your wee one's day with a smile! An Anna Banana breakfast [45] will keep them downing the fruit-topped flapjacks. Give your children an additional kick start by making the hotcakes multigrain.

Carb Carnival

Break from the traditional carnival food with a healthy pasta and asparagus Ferris wheel [46]. Use whole-wheat pasta to up the fiber factor.

Photo: Michelle Bell

Dinos For Dinner

Take your tot on a trip back to prehistoric times with this dish of roaming dinosaurs [47].

Photo: Michelle Bell

Holy Guacamole!

This little green frog face rests upon a guacamole lily pad — an easy and oh-so-sweet presentation for a quesadilla.

Source: Bentoriffic [48]

Oink, Oink!

This little piggy went to the lunch box . . .

Source: Bentoriffic [49]

Caterpillar Grape Kabobs

Feed your own very hungry caterpillar with these adorable (and oh-so-easy) grape kabobs.

Source: A Spotted Pony [50]

Under-the-Sea Pancakes

Explore the ocean — at the breakfast table — with an octopus-shaped pancake!

Photo: Michelle BellSource: Jim's Pancakes [51]

The Cow Jumped Over the Moon

Turn an ordinary plate of food into a work of art with this nursery-rhyme-inspired snack [52].

Source: Meet the Dubiens [53]

Skeleton Pancakes

Translate a trip to the museum onto your breakfast plate. These pancakes are true works of art!

Source: Jim's Pancakes [54]

Gobble Gobble

It doesn't have to be Thanksgiving to gobble down this fruit-filled turkey [55].

Source: Family Fun [56]

Babybel Angry Birds

What Angry Birds-loving tot wouldn't like to be surprised with this snack-time treat?!

Source: Cute Food For Kids [57]

The Least Scary Green Monster

The perfect "fun food" project for amateurs . . . this green smoothie monster is hardly scary!

Source: Instagram user idafrosk [58]

Rice Krispies Apples

If you can make regular Rice Krispies treats, you can make these. Here's the recipe for these apple-shaped sweet treats [59]!

Photo: Michelle Bell

Beehive Pancakes

You won't get stung by these bite-size bees!

Source: Jim's Pancakes [60]

Peas in a Pop

Steal a cue from the experts at Weelicious on how to sneak a little green [61] into your tots' tummies.

Source: Weelicious [62]

Nutella Bear Sandwich

An awe-inducing bear of a sweet sandwich!

Source: Cute Food For Kids [63]

Whale of a Pancake

Breakfast turns into a whale of a good time with these special pancakes.

Source: Jim's Pancakes [64]

There's a Batman on My Toast!

Your little superhero-in-training will be delighted to wake up to a plate full of Batman toast.

Source: Instagram user idafrosk [65]

Snowman Doughnuts

Store-bought Hostess doughnuts are made special when they're turned into smiley snowmen.

Source: A Spotted Pony [66]


Pay homage to the beloved Dr. Seuss with a Cat in the Hat tortilla and a side of green eggs and ham!

Source: Meet the Dubiens [67]

Raise Me Up!

Halving grapes and tomatoes turns them into a bounty of colorful balloons.

Source: Instagram user idafrosk [68]

Big Ben

Say "cheerio!" to a most realistic Big Ben, London guard, and bus.

Source: Instagram user idafrosk [69]

Noodle Head!

Annabel Karmel's crazy-haired burger patty [70] combines two kiddie favorites into one meal.

Source: Annabel Karmel [71]

Sand and Sea

Your little fish is sure to think this tasty surf and turf [72] recipe is delish! Whole wheat couscous will make the sand more realistic when topped with the flavorful shrimp and steamed broccoli.

Photo: Michelle Bell

The Sweetest Hedgehog

This Watermelon Hedgehog [73] is ready to party!

Source: Watermelon.org [74]

Garden Variety

These "carrots" are actually papayas with kiwi stems — perfect in a yogurt parfait.

Source: Instagram user idafrosk [75]


These scene-stealing fluffernutters [76] are easy to make and a guaranteed hit!

Photo: Rebecca Gruber

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